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Tesalate towel review

Tesalate towel review.  The smartest towels on the beach – sand free, super-absorbent, quick-drying and easy on the eye. Because life’s too short for boring beach towels…


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I was recently asked to review one of Tesalate’s sand-free beach towels. Ironic really because we’re only allowed out for daily permitted walks close to home right now. The beach is a total no go. Tricky huh. The designs are gorgeous and the clever features are impressive so here’s what I thought of the Tesalate beach towel.

Tesalate Towel Review

How do you review a sand-free towel without even going to the beach? Although Tesalate towels are designed to repel sand they aren’t just for the beach. They can be used for backyard picnics, chilling on your balcony, or, as an exercise or yoga mat. The beach will still be there when this is all over. So, read on for my Tesalate towel review and details of a fabulous giveaway.


Tesalate towel reviewThe plan for  this weekend


The Tesalate Story

Tesalate is an Australian company started by Jacky Lam and Volkan Ozbek. The small start-up began by selling towels at Bondi Beach markets but since then the company has grown. It now ships to over 130 countries worldwide. 

The idea for Tesalate sand free beach towels came after a day spent at a secluded beach near Sydney. Hiking back in the evening they found themselves lugging wet, heavy towels covered in sand. 

This got them thinking… How about a towel designed to work specifically for the beach? Lightweight, sand repellent and fabulous to look at. The Tesalate sand free beach towel was born. It also happens to be the perfect travel towel…  


Tesalate towel front and back with hook


What are Tesalate towels made of?

Now for the science bit. AbsorbLite™ technology is used to make Tesalate towels. This innovative microfibre fabric is made out of polyester and polyamide which is very closely woven. The towel has four main features:


colourful beach towel


Tesalate sand-free towel

The AbsorbLite™ technology means that sand doesn’t get trapped in the towel. If you find sand on your towel just ‘shake it off, shake it off’ in the style of Taylor Swift. The sand will shake off which means you won’t end up with half the beach in your bag, car, hotel room or laundry basket. You get the picture.

Obviously, I haven’t had a chance to see for myself how sand proof this gem of a towel is. I did think about heading to our local golf course (within walking distance) to test it out in one of the bunkers. Nah, probably best to stay home. You can be sure as soon as lockdown is finished I’ll be heading to the beach to test out this nifty feature.

Ultra Absorbent

The fabric is highly absorbent and can soak up at least 1 litre (33 oz) of water. The towel isn’t fluffy like your standard towel and the feel of it took a bit of getting used to. I found the waffle weave to be soft and absorbent when I tested it after showering. 


Tesalate towel reviewThat’s not my weedy garden in the background btw – we back onto a field…


Rapid drying

The towel apparently dries in half the time of a regular beach towel. I’ve never actually timed how long it takes for a beach towel to dry so I can’t 100% verify this. The Tesalate towel didn’t get sopping wet, just damp and it dried quickly just hanging on the back of the bathroom door. There’s a handy hook sewn into the towel to hang it up with.


Lightweight and compact

The Tesalate towel is not at all bulky. It folds up neatly into a compact drawstring bag ( included with the towel). It’s easy to pop into your beach bag or backpack and still have space for the rest of your gear. Because of its unique fabric it’s also lightweight and easy to carry. The Tesalate towel would be perfect to pack for a sailing holiday.


Tesalate towel review



There are so many gorgeous towel designs available that choosing only one was a toughie. Eventually, I decided on the vibrant ‘Bohemian’ pattern. Apparently, it’s one of their most popular designs. 

The Tesalate range of beachworthy prints includes patterns, pastels and in-your-face flowers to soothingly subtle or seriously psychedelic. There are palm leaves and paisleys, flamingoes and florals or ethnic designs that’d look good on your wall. Plus, every towel is double-sided. The reverse sports Tesalate’s signature monochrome triangle pattern. Here are just a few of the 36 prints. 

Tesalate towel review


Tesalate Towel Sizes

There are two sizes in the Tesalate towel range. The full-sized beach towel measures up at 160cm x 78cm / 63 x 31 inches and comes in 36 gorgeous designs.


Tesalate Towel for Two

The ‘towel for two’ is an extra large square beach towel and comes in at 160cm x 160cm / 63 x 63 inches. It comes in six of the most popular Tesalate designs. It’s great for spreading out, sharing with your lovely or for picnics. 

Being bigger it’s obviously not so lightweight and will take up a bit more room in your bag although it still folds down compactly. This is the size of the towel I’ve used for my review. As you can see there’s loads of room for two. It would also make a nice throw.


Colourful beach towel with hat and pink cushions


How much does a Tesalate towel cost?

The towels aren’t the cheapest and currently sell at AU$79 / £45 / €49 / US$59. The ‘towel for two’ sells at AU$139 / £79 / €89 / US$99. Tesalate towels have a lifetime guarantee. If you decide you don’t like the design you’ve chosen they will exchange it for a new design. No questions asked because they’re nice people. Returns are free.

You can check out their designs and buy them online at Tesalate. Toggle the flag at the top for your location and currency. If you sign up to their newsletter you’ll get 10% off. Tesalate offer free worldwide shipping. It only took four days for my towel to arrive from Australia which I thought was impressive. You can also buy Tesalate towels on Amazon.


Tesalate towel review


The Verdict

In conclusion, the Tesalate towel is a real head-turner and likely to be the best-looking towel on the beach. It’s a smart-towel that repels sand, absorbs more water, dries quickly and folds compactly. Although the fabric has an unusual texture which is hard to describe, the towel is soft and feels nice to the touch.

On the downside the towels are rather pricey but I’m interested to see how it’ll stand the test of time. If my Tesalate towel doesn’t fade after multiple washes and the fabric doesn’t wear away like a terry towel then I feel it’d be worth paying a bit extra for. 

The designs are fabulous with something to suit everyone’s taste. The product is high quality, well-made with plenty of attention to detail. It ticks all the beach towel boxes. Which is great because life’s too short for boring beach towels.


woman having picnicA garden picnic



Tania Muthusamy

Thursday 16th of April 2020

I know about the tesalate towel and so love Australian products, being an Aussie girl myself. The patterns are stunning and the different sizes are useful for so many things. The towel for two really makes a lovely throw rug.

Suzanne Jones

Thursday 16th of April 2020

If it's anything to do with the beach then the Aussie's have it sussed! I love the patterns too - there weren't any I didn't love!

Viveka Gustavson

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Beautiful ... I always bring a big towel with me when I travel, but it's a bit heavy. This could something for me maybe. Have to check their website.

Suzanne Jones

Thursday 16th of April 2020

These are so light and compact Wivi - perfect for travel and for the beach!


Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Love these! So compact and light! I'm going to be moving to Sydney soon, excited about checking these out at the Bondi Beach markets.

Suzanne Jones

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

The designs are gorgeous too. How amazing to be living in Sydney - good luck with the move.

Eric Gamble

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

The Tesalate towel sounds like the perfect towel to take with us when we travel & explore the panhandle beaches of florida. We love the beach but those white sandy beaches of the gulf coast can be quite sandy and typical of the south there is always a chance for rain which means your stuff getting wet. But from what it sounds like the tesalate could dry out quickly. Also, having one major towel for both of us can allow us to use our regular towels for actual drying off from swimming! Total win!

Suzanne Jones

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

I love those white sand beaches on the gulf coast - lucky you! You can't really go wrong with these towels and yes, they do dry quickly.


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

I love this towel! Such gorgeous designs especially this and the Phoenix one which are both mandala designs. I teach how to draw mandalas online and this would make a fabulous backdrop for my class!

Suzanne Jones

Tuesday 14th of April 2020

It would be perfect to have hanging behind you while you do your classes! I saw one of your beautiful designs recently - loved it!

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